May 4, 2006
Morningside College President John Reynders announced today that retired Army Lt. Gen. Roger C. Schultz, former director of the Army National Guard, will be the featured speaker at the college’s 108th spring commencement exercises to be held Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. on the campus lawn in front of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center, 1601 Morningside Avenue.
The commencement exercises are open to the public, as is the baccalaureate service, which will be held the previous evening, Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m. in Grace United Methodist Church, 1735 Morningside Avenue. The Rev. James Hanke, Sioux City district superintendent for the United Methodist Church, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon.
During Saturday’s commencement exercises, the college will present an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Dr. Elsie Muller, a resident of Sioux City and retired professor of mathematics at Morningside, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Schultz, in recognition of their commitment to their respective fields and to life-long learning, civic responsibility, and ethical leadership, the tenets of Morningside’s mission.
Muller was a professor of mathematics at Morningside College from 1955 to 1958 and from 1963 to 1978. She took a five-year leave of absence to earn her doctorate degree at Iowa State University in 1963. She received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1944 and a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska State Teachers College, now known as Wayne State College, in 1935.
During her tenure, in 1965, Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, was established at the college. She was a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, and the Iowa Academy of Science, among others.
Muller received the Order of Morningside in 1978 for her contributions to the college.
Schultz, who attended Morningside, joined Unitech, a professional services firm for mission critical projects in Centreville, Va., as senior vice president of Army Operations in May 2005. Previously, he had served as director of the Army National Guard for seven years.
In 2001, he was the first Army National Guard director to be promoted to the rank of a three-star lieutenant general. The longest-serving director of the Army National Guard to date, Schultz oversaw a $10.5-billion budget and 350,000 soldiers.
Schultz, who began active military service in 1963, received the Distinguished Service Medal for his 42 years of service. He holds many other awards and decorations, including the Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Upper Iowa University and a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University.